Joe Dent

Rector

I’m glad I was brought up in a home where Christianity was important to our family life – it paved the way for a personal faith in Christ which I really grew up into while I was university, where I studied science. The science didn’t last long, and soon after university I changed tack and became a vicar. As Rector of St. Andrew’s my main job is to keep Jesus front and centre in everything we do and to help people get to grips with him. I’m married to Catherine, we have four school-age kids. Silence is a rare and precious commodity in life at the moment, so when I stumble across it I read a book!

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Leon Sim

Team Vicar

I’m married to Steph, and we’ve been blessed with two children: Ellie and Zacchery! Although having some responsibilities at St. Andrew’s, I’m primarily based at St. Paul’s, Stonehouse. I feel privileged to be serving the congregation there, and I enjoy telling both Christians and non-Christians about Jesus from the Bible. I’m excited about how Jesus might build His Church through us as we seek to learn from Him and put His teachings into practice on a day to day basis.

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Tim Partridge

Curate

I grew up going to church but only placed my faith in Jesus as my Saviour when a friend read Mark’s Gospel with me during my time at university in Bath.  I spent four years teaching secondary school Maths after some church ministry experience, before training for ordained ministry and arriving at St Andrew’s.  My role as curate is to enjoy Jesus and help others to do the same!  Along with my wife Abby and our growing family, I enjoy exploring the countryside and coastline, especially those places with a National Trust tea room!

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Beccy Davies

Women's Worker

I came to Christ having had my third child, worrying about death and what I believed. I did a Christianity Explored course and understood for the first time what Jesus achieved for me on the cross and in His resurrection. A hunger for knowing His Word followed! I did a Performing Arts degree at Middlesex University followed by PGCE in Cambridge, and taught music in various secondary schools in Plymouth before stopping to have children. I am the Women’s Worker at St. Andrews and involved in leading women’s Bible studies, the Gospel Community Choir and the Recovery Course for addiction. I love music and attempting to raise our 5 children with my husband Andrew.

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Matt Thompson

Children's Worker

My friend invited me to a course called Christianity Explored, we ate a meal together and explored the claims of Jesus Christ. I found that I trusted who Jesus claimed to be and that He died for me, from that moment on my life changed forever. I did Outdoor Adventure and Management at University, while at uni I was working on and off as a building labourer. After my degree finished I spent a year training and working at an outdoor centre in Exeter. Here at St. Andrew’s I am the Children’s Worker, which means among other things I run the kids groups at church and the outreach to a couple of local schools. I have a very lovely wife and two and a half small people. I love being active, playing any sport, exploring new places taking my kayak and canoe out.

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Josh Yates

Youth Worker

I grew up in a Christian family and put my trust in Jesus on a summer camp when I was 13. I studied Geography at university then served for two years at St. Nicholas, Sevenoaks as a Ministry Associate. I work with the 10-18 year olds at St. Andrew’s. I love showing people what the Bible says about who God is and how he changes lives, particularly over (good) coffee. I am married to Ellie and we have a little boy called Pete. One of our ambitions is to own chickens and maybe, one day, a pig. I enjoy carpentry and cooking then eating tasty food.

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Alex Hurdle

Student Worker

I grew up coming to St. Andrew’s, but it wasn’t until I went to university in Manchester that I came to faith and knew what it means to follow Jesus. I then went on to work in the rail industry for a couple of years before joining the staff team at St. Andrew’s in 2016. I’m responsible for our student group, Roots – I really love opening up the Bible with others and seeing the Lord at work in their lives. I enjoy spicy curries and classic 80s action movies.

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Joanna Baker

Ministry Assistant

I became a Christian through a combination of great teaching at my home church, and the summer camps that I was a part of growing up. I studied a BA in Illustration here in Plymouth. As a Ministry Assistant I serve the church family in a variety of ways, while receiving training in ministry. I’m part of a family of five (I’m the youngest of three siblings). My top hobby/ pastime is probably being outside, either in the sea or near it!

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Isaac Money

Ministry Assistant

I became a Christian over the period of growing up in Plymouth thanks to the grace of God working through my family and youth leaders. I studied Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter before coming to work at St. Andrew’s. My role at St. Andrew’s is as a Ministry Assistant where I will be serving the Church alongside learning more and growing in relationship Christ. My parents live not too far away in Tavistock and my sister is a teacher in Bristol. My ideal pastime is eating large quantities of food and then exercising the excess calories off.

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Debbie Marsh

OFFICE MANAGER

I became a Christian at 17, and 4 years later joined St. Andrew’s where I was warmly welcomed. I was encouraged in my faith and was supported to grow into a deeper understanding of what it meant to have Jesus in my life and how I could practically serve him. I now work as the church administrator and supporting the midweek Holy Communion Service. I have two wonderful grown up young people and in my spare time work as an ice skating coach.

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Laura Rimmer

Administrator

I grew up singing in a church choir but didn’t really understand the Gospel until later in life, when the Lord Jesus graciously saved me from false spirituality and my own self-sufficiency!

I have run my own health and nutrition business and website for 10 years and have been really pleased to also take on the role as church administrator alongside Debbie for part of the week. It’s great to be more actively involved in serving our Lord at St Andrews.

I am married to Chris and we enjoy walking in Cornwall together, running and we have a heart to reach people with the Good News.

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Jonathan Hurdle

Director of Music

I became a Christian after a weekend away with my home group when it became abundantly clear that, although I went to church, there was a lot more to a deep relationship with Jesus than I ever realised. I have my own bookkeeping business; I’m the conductor of the Plymouth University Orchestra; and I work with other musical groups in the city. I’m the Director of Music at St. Andrew’s, coordinating the music at the 3 Sunday services as well as the various civic and other services through the year; putting together the summer recital series; and having a general oversight of anything musical that happens in the church. My wife, Alison, and I were married at St. Andrew’s in 1986 and we have 5 adult children. When I have the time I enjoy a leisurely walk on Dartmoor or along a coast path, eating out and holidays.

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Phil Harley

Caretaker

I grew up in the services as from the age of 18 to 55 with the Commando Forces, most of the time in the Royal Citadel and came to St. Andrew’s on retirement from there. I have been the Caretaker for the church building and the Abbey Hall since, ensuring that the place is kept in one piece and the toilets are kept supplied with towels. I have been married to Sharon for 35 years and have two sons, Shaun 34 and Michael 32. We live in Peverell with our lurcher, Spyda. In my spare time I do woodcarving and sing with the local La La Choir.

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Mac Forsyth

Church Warden

Having been a regular churchgoer until late teens, I drifted away, but came to know Jesus about 30 years ago by attending church with my wife, already a Christian, and at last recognising who Jesus is. At Liverpool University I read English and French, took a PGSE and became a schoolmaster, moving to Plymouth in 1966. I am a Reader (now PTO) at St. Andrew’s having first been licensed in Malawi, Africa, and for the last few years have been a Churchwarden. Married for over 50 years, I have two grown-up children and seven grandchildren, 4 of whom live in New Zealand. My favourite pastimes are travel and reading historical novels.

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Malcolm Prideaux

Church Warden

I became a Christian at the age of 16 at an Arthur Blessit Crusade in Scotland. I am a dentist who currently teaches one day a week at Peninsula Dental School and am an Associate Dean in dentistry for Health Education England in the South West. I am currently Churchwarden and a Mission Partnership Scheme Commitee member. I am married with three grown up sons and one grandchild. I enjoy supporting Plymouth Raiders Basketball team and run to keep fit.

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Pauline Arkle

Treasurer

A wife, mother and grandmother – I have been part of the family of St. Andrew’s since 1977. I am now retired, after a career in education teaching maths. I consider it a privilege to use my gifts in the capacity of Stewardship Recorder and Treasurer, enjoying the contact it brings with meeting people and the challenge of IT and numbers. Serving as a Minster Maid and in Noah’s Ark enables me to draw alongside all ages and hopefully share my love for Jesus.

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Paul Colman

Reader

I was brought up in a Christian home and I’ve always had a particular interest in mission since going out with my mother at 3 years old. I’ve been a lay reader at St. Andrew’s for over 37 years, which involves making pastoral home visits and conducting funerals. I’m also the chair of the St. Andrew’s mission committee. I have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and I enjoy walking and football.

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David Huntley

Reader

I was brought up in a Christian home in Somerset and became a Christian at the age of 10 during a Church Army mission to my village. I spent most of my career teaching and researching on the physics of the oceans, in universities first in Canada and then in Plymouth, and I am now retired as an Emeritus Professor of Plymouth University. At St. Andrew’s I am a Reader, so preach and lead services from time to time as well as helping produce the Fisherman magazine. I head up the local branch of Christians in Science which puts on public lectures two or three time a year on issues relating to science and Christianity. Marjorie and I have two children, who both went to Fish Shop, and six grandchildren. In the spare time I enjoy playing music and cycling (gently!).

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